9 Jul 2014

Emma O'Reilly - On whistleblowing about Lance Armstrong's drug use

From Nine To Noon, 10:09 am on 9 July 2014

Emma O'Reilly worked for four years as a soigneur to disgraced drug taking cyclist Lance Armstrong. What she found within the US Postal cycling team was a culture of drug use, where riders hooked up to intravenous drug bags, and she found herself covering up Lance Armstrong's needle marks with her own makeup. She also disposed of used needles and smuggled pills across borders for Armstrong. In 2000, she quit her job, unable to accept the drug culture any longer, but Emma O'Reilly held her silence for four years, before telling her story to journalist David Walsh for his book LA Confidential. Lance Armstrong then launched a vicious attack on his former staffer and naming her in a multi-million dollar lawsuit. She has written a book about her experiences, called The Race to Truth.